Queer Review: They Both Die At The End


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They Both Die at the End, written by Adam Silvera, a fantastic story despite the fact it tells us the ending. The book revolves around two teenage boys who have just gotten a call that will change their lives, a call revealing that they will die that day. This truly is a truly fantastic book. Goodreads user Caz (littlebookowl) states “The title ‘prepares’ you for the end, but that doesn’t lessen the pain one bit. I sobbed the hardest I ever have while reading a book.” The book also has 4.1 stars out of 5, my Whope when first picking it up off the shelves, I hoped that was it would portray a gay happily ever after. Unfortunately the ‘after’ part never came to be. Spoilers! Both characters do in fact die at the end. Just when the reader thinks everything will be okay, Silvera throws a curveball and destroys that hope in a strangely beautiful way. The heartbreak that the readers share with the characters is unmatched. 

Most queer people would approach this with caution; we’ve had to deal with so many gays being buried and forgotten, but this book does not follow the pattern. 

This book is a tragedy, a love story ending in heartbreak while the audience weeps. Not once when reading did I think of the characters being gay as abnormal or tragic, but their short lives were. This book was simply amazing!